Frequently Asked Questions
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How does laser hair removal work?
Laser hair removal works by disabling hair follicles when the light energy is transformed into heat energy. Since light energy is easily absorbed by melanin, the pigment that determines skin color, the larger amounts of melanin in the skin of people with darker skin can absorb more of the light energy, and this could lead to skin damage.
Is everyone qualified to get laser treatment?
Laser treatments and tanning should not be done within the same period. However, today’s second generation lasers can be safely used on people with darker skin as well as those with fine hair. We will evaluate you at no charge and advise whether or not laser hair treatment is right for you. Or you can send any inquiries through our free consultation form.
How is laser hair removal different from electrolysis?
Electrolysis uses electrical current applied through a needle to probe and remove hair follicles one by one. Laser hair removal, on the other hand, uses a focused beam of light to disable multiple hair follicles at the same time and, therefore, is a more advanced technology.
Are the results of laser treatments permanent?
While results may vary among individuals, laser hair removal results in permanent hair reduction, as evidenced by various clinical studies of patients. Because the hair grows in cycles, multiple treatments, between five and eight, are necessary to disable all the hair follicles.
What do CoolGlide treatments feel like?
The CoolGlide hand piece cools and soothes as it glides along your skin. When the pulse of light is delivered some patients will experience a mild pinching or stinging sensation. No localanestesia or pain medication is typically required.
How many treatments will I need?
Most areas will require 4-6 treatments. Each person is different and many factors have to be considered, hair thickness, hormones and the hair growth cycle.
Which areas of the body can be treated with laser hair removal?
Laser hair treatment can be used on almost any part of the body where hair prominently grows. The parts that are most commonly treated are the face, neck, chest, back, bikini area, legs, and underarms. Check out our laser hair removal page to find out more.
What should I do before getting laser treatment?
If you are planning to get laser treatment, you should avoid the following several weeks prior to treatment: tanning; waxing; plucking; and bleaching. However, it is okay, and even advisable, to trim or shave hair immediately before your treatment. Clipping the hair short is another option if your skin does not tolerate shaving.
What happens after treatment?
Immediately following your treatment the area maybe appear a bit red and swollen. Three to seven days after treatment you may experience what seems to be regrowth of hair. Actually , most of these hairs are shed as a result from your treatment. Between treatments do not wax but shaving is allowed.
What will the treated area look like after treatment?
After the treatment, there are usually no visible skin changes or adverse reactions. When redness and/or swelling do occur on rare occasions, they usually fade within 24 hours, and it may be possible to cover them up with makeup immediately after treatment. Many of the hairs are immediately removed during treatment and you will continue to shed more for the next one to two weeks.
What are the possible side effects?
Although patients experience few side effects, the most commonly noticed are slight reddening and local swelling of the skin, similar to a sunburn. These effects typically last for several hours or less. In very rare instances blistering may occur.
What things should I avoid after treatment?
While noticeable after effects are rarely experienced after treatment, you are still advised to avoid prolonged sun exposure and tanning. For a few days following the treatment, do not forget to wear sunscreen and protective clothing when you go out. You should also handle the treated areas gently and avoid using harsh cleansers or medications on them.
Is laser hair removal expensive?
At Lighthouse Laser Spa, we want to make laser hair removal affordable for everybody. In addition to free consultations, we also offer competitive individual prices for specific parts of the body (prices vary depending on the size and area), package rates for multiple treatments, flexible financing options, and even a referral discount. Send us an email or give us a call and we will devise a treatment plan that will best meet your needs.
Payment options include all major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express); checks; and money orders.
What are the adverse effects of laser treatment?
The FDA has authorized laser hair removal as a safe and an effective treatment since 1997. More than 1,000 clinical studies have shown that side effects from laser treatments, when present, are only temporary. These may include redness and/or swelling, which only last from a few hours to a few days. Blisters are less common, and scarring or infection is extremely rare. Thus far, none of our patients have reported any incidences of scarring or infection. Other aftereffects that may be observed include changes in skin color, which will disappear over time; this may be experienced by clients with darker skin colors. However, cases of temporary skin discoloration among our clients are very rare. Permanent discoloration is highly improbable and no cases have ever been reported by our clients. While these side effects may sound worrisome, they can also be experienced from electrolysis, waxing, or shaving. Each of our clients is given proper skin care instructions after every treatment.
Are there individuals who are not qualified to get laser treatment?
People who are tanned as well as those who have an active infection (cold sores, etc.) on the area that they want treated should wait until the tan has faded or the infection has healed before getting laser hair treatment. If you are planning to get a laser treatment, you should avoid getting a tan (whether from sun bathing, a tanning salon, or a self-tanning cream) immediately before and after each laser treatment. Laser treatments may also be ineffective in very dark-skinned individuals, such as a very dark African-American. They also have a higher risk for greater changes in pigmentation.
What do I need to do to get started?
Please call us for a free consultation or fill out our form here, to make arrangements for your laser treatments, or regarding any more questions you may have. We’re ready to share our expertise with you!
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